Paddling Around West Sussex


I have a weather station. I love weather. I love looking at it, talking about it, recording it. But I have never seen weather like what we are experiencing lately. Constant, non-stop rain.

 We had 260mm (or a bit over 10 inches) of rainfall in December. It’s now mid-January, and we’ve already recorded 125mm (or about 5 inches) in 2 weeks. Parts of Sussex have been flooded since Christmas. The creek at the bottom of our hill, which is normally just a small but constant trickle, is a raging mud-soaked torrent that’s broken its banks, flooding streets and sending residents in search of sand bags to keep water from entering doorways.

 And there’s no foreseeable end to all this rain as another weather system heads our way across the Atlantic.

 Is this unusual weather the effect of global warming? What is your weather like right now? Is it unusual?


28 Comments Add yours

  1. A friend was telling us that yesterday (friday) in W Sussex was chaos – th eM23, A23, A272 all flooded. And I know from the weather station in Hastings that we had a third more rainfall than usual in December. No wonder the slugs are doing so well!

    1. Misky says:

      Three Bridges station is still flooded, although trains are able to travel the line now to Brighton. I don’t think they’re stopping here though; just barrelling on through. Bus replacement services at most stations south of here.

      1. Hopefully things will be ok for my return on Monday morning!

  2. J9 says:

    Our weather is a unusual here in Southern California. The nights are at normal cool temperatures, but the days are very warm and crackling dry. It seems lovely, but we are paying for it in the form of unseasonable fire hazards.

    1. Misky says:

      Are those Santa Anna winds that you’re experiencing?

      1. J9 says:

        We don’t have the winds in our area, but according to the weather reports we are the exception. For the tourists, though, it’s perfect!

  3. elissa field says:

    It’s hard to know the effect of global warming — on our side of “the pond” the Midwest and northeast of the US have been experiencing record cold at the same time as your rains. But it has been astounding to watch some of the weather photos from the storms you’ve had. Best wishes with the rain.

    1. Misky says:

      Thanks, Elissa. I’ve been following the weather in the US also, and even the northwest coast has strange weather. No snow in the mountains, so they’ll have little water for use during the summer. A lot of that water also goes to California, I believe, so it could effect agriculture this year.

    1. Misky says:

      I’m a good swimmer.

  4. narf77 says:

    Almost the hottest temperatures EVER RECORDED in Tasmania being hit on wednesday where Tasmania is supposed to be the coolest state in Australia…Yup. I would say something was amiss here!

    1. Misky says:

      I saw on telly (watching Andy Murray and the Australian Open) that players were fainting during their tennis matches! That’s just too hot. Is it cooling off a bit now?

      1. narf77 says:

        Yes, it is starting to cool off now (thank GOODNESS). It’s a crazy old world weather wise these days!

  5. Such a contrast here in Australia, Misky… we have had 40 degrees plus (C) all week! Praise the lord for air conditioning and a cool house… it’s far too hot to go outside. Stay safe.

    1. Misky says:

      It’s good that you have AC so you can stay cool at night. I assume that the temperature stays fairly high the evening?

  6. dayphoto says:

    There are those here in the states that are drying up and in dire straights because of the LACK of rain. Sad.

    1. Misky says:

      Do you see another ‘dust bowl’ situation happening in Colorado? That would be scary as the world depends on grains from the midwest.

  7. Take care, Misky! We had terrible floods here in Australia a few years back – I do think it’s a global warming issue, and governments who refuse to believe it are simply in selfish denial. Sadly.

    1. Misky says:

      I completely agree, and it’s frightening that some governments can’t take a stand that will preserve the future for our children and grandchildren.

  8. Eha says:

    Let’s go another 2 1/2 hours drive north from Liz – ’tis supposed to be cooler here in the Highlands south of Sydney today – ha!! Same story as narf77 and Lizzy . . . and I do not have AC!!!! Now, I am another ‘weather nut’ ~ it was my Dad’s favourite interest and he taught me well!! All weather around the globe, whether hot or cold, depends on every other part . . .to my way of thinking there is absolutely no doubt that what we at the moment do is wrecking the planet for the future . . . and oft making us miserable to boot in the present. . . and an alarmist I am not!!!

    1. Misky says:

      I agree, and I’m not an alarmist either. It does seems that when it goes dry on the Pacific coast of the USA that the opposite happens in Europe. As if some current under the ocean influences what happens in the weather systems.

  9. Never seen a winter like it, although we’ve had it relatively lightly over here on the NE coast. Hope it all subsides soon – fingers crossed for unseasonal BBQ weather in March 😉

    1. Misky says:

      LOL! Wouldn’t that be fun!? A very happy weekend to you, Phil.

  10. Rörschåch says:

    Stay above the water, Misky! High ground, high ground.

    1. Misky says:

      We live on hill, thankfully!

  11. Joanna says:

    oops clicked what I thought was like and suddently appeared on something googley, I can’t keep up with all this networking stuff. We are damp here too but on a level with the top of the Clifton Gorge so the water will have to rise a bit more before it drowns us too. Love your photos, climate change was always predicted to bring more extremes of weather. However, we also have short memories and tend to think that whatever weather we have right now is extreme. Think of Ice Ages – now those were extreme 🙂

    1. Misky says:

      I think you clicked the Google+ link. 🙂 However I’m curious why your comment went into the Pending/Approve folder. That’s odd.

      But quite right about how short our memories can be with memories. The last time that our little Upper Mole River flooded, it was worse than last week. I went out for a stroll yesterday, and took new photos so you’ll be able to see the before and after shots of the water levels. The one with the bridge is amazing. I’ll try to write something up and it post it this weekend.

      Stay dry, my friend!

  12. Joanna says:

    because I have dumped my gmail address probably, so now when I comment on blogs I go into approval…

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